3D-Printed Paintings Let The Blind “See” Famous Art For The First Time

A project suitably named Unseen Art was created to allow blind and visually impaired people the ability to enjoy classical art museums and galleries just as much as any seeing individual would.

Through an IndieGoGo fundraiser and 3D-printing, the mission has come to reality.

Inspired by ultrasound scans and 3D photos, Helsinki-based designer Marc Dillion turned his attention to art.

On a promotional video he says, “Imagine not knowing what Mona Lisa’s smile looks like, or Van Gogh’s sunflowers. Imagine you heard people talking about them and knew they existed, but could never experience them for yourself. […] For the millions of people who are blind, that’s a reality.”

The project utilizes 3D imaging and a sand based form of 3D-printing to create these high quality models made to scale which can be displayed in museums.

“It would be a revolution to get blind people going to art galleries — people hate them because there is nothing there to touch,” says Marc.

The Unseen Art project is underway raising money to create an online platform where artists could submit their very own work in a 3D format so that anyone with a 3D printer could enjoy it.


“We are involving artists from all over the world to re-create classical art paintings in 3D. Sharing the models for free so that they can be 3D printed and experienced both in exhibitions and at people´s homes. A new accessible way to experience art for the blind.”

If you would like to know more about the Unseen Art project, you could visit their Facebook page and if you would like to assist them with a donation, visit their IndieGoGo page here.

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